On the Othering of Sexual Violence

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about FGM and the outpouring of cultural condemnations around the practice that has been flying around at large at the moment. Whilst we certainly should be condemning FGM, I wrote of my concerns about the cultural coverage of the practice which easily becomes misappropriated, used and abused … Continue reading On the Othering of Sexual Violence

Femicide – Men’s Fatal Violence Against Women Goes Beyond Domestic Violence by @K_IngalaSmith

I wrote this piece for Women’s Aid’s magazine Safe: The Office for National Statistics released findings from the 2013/14 Crime Survey for England and Wales on 12 February. Men continue to be more likely to be killed than women, there were 343 male victims compared to 183 female victims (of all ages including children and … Continue reading Femicide – Men’s Fatal Violence Against Women Goes Beyond Domestic Violence by @K_IngalaSmith

25 November: UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

25 November is designated as the UN day for the eradication of violence against women. But what is the significance of this date and why is it often marked with butterfly logos? On 25 November, 1960; three young women and political activists from the Dominican Republic, known as the Mirabal Sisters, were killed, it is … Continue reading 25 November: UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25 is the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women – not White Ribbon Day

November 25th was first chosen as the date for an annual day of protest of male violence in 1981. This occurred at the first Feminist Conference for Latin American and Caribbean Women in Bogota. It was chosen in memory of Patria, Maria Teresa and Minerva Mirabel. The Mirabel sisters were political activists who fought the fascist government of Rafael Trujillo in the … Continue reading November 25 is the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women – not White Ribbon Day

GAME OF THRONES, RAPE, AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

I’m THIS CLOSE to giving up on Frones completely because of its plot-point, titilation rape scenes (and I haven’t even got to all of *that* scene in the latest series). In the linked piece below, SARAH DITUM on the NEWSTATESMAN talks rape, gender disparity, and misogyny. If I’m honest, I think that she’s watched some of the rape scenes … Continue reading GAME OF THRONES, RAPE, AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

No-platforming Smurthwaite: unspeakable females by @sarahditum

The spaces that women can occupy are small and easily shrunk. For example, talk to a female comic and she’s likely to tell you that her job is substantially harder for being female. Promoters are reluctant to book female comedians, because they assume audiences will be sexist and stay away (or because they impute their … Continue reading No-platforming Smurthwaite: unspeakable females by @sarahditum

Re-visiting the continuum of sexual violence in the 21st century.

ANROWS Public Lecture with Professor Liz Kelly CBE On Friday 13 February 2015 Professor Liz Kelly CBE delivered a lecture in Adelaide on re-visiting the continuum of sexual violence in the 21st century. I had the great privilege of attending this lecture by Liz Kelly earlier this year and I would highly recommend listening to … Continue reading Re-visiting the continuum of sexual violence in the 21st century.

Sex-differences and ‘domestic violence murders’ by @K_IngalaSmith

What could we do if we wanted to hide the reality of men’s violence against women? Firstly, we might have  a ‘gender neutral’ definition of domestic violence.  Maybe like the UK government which uses the following definition: “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, … Continue reading Sex-differences and ‘domestic violence murders’ by @K_IngalaSmith

Women in prison: the cycle of violence

(Cross-posted from Women’s Views on the News) The system is – still – failing the most vulnerable, and trapping half of women into reoffending. By Dawn Foster. Most women in prison in Britain have experienced sexual or domestic violence, yet the system fails to address their needs and further victimises them. For some, it is … Continue reading Women in prison: the cycle of violence

Dismissing violence against women is misogynistic by Bella Solanum

(Cross-posted from Bella Solanum) It’ll come as no surprise to anyone, but one particular AFTA has been tweeting about how FGM is “cissexist”. They’ve then joked about it. Yep, in a conversation where they’ve minimised the fact that FGM is about violence inflicted on girls and women they’ve decided it’s funny that people are upset. … Continue reading Dismissing violence against women is misogynistic by Bella Solanum

Inequality has a female face by @NatashaCody

(cross-posted from Un Tywysoges: I’m not a Princess, I don’t need saving….) As it’s Blog Action Day today, I felt it fitting to launch my new blog. And in honour of the same, my first post tries to pull together my thoughts on the subject of Inequality. I suspect that when the team at Blog Action … Continue reading Inequality has a female face by @NatashaCody

Patriarchy and the Problem of Being Born Female by @amymarieaustin

(Cross-posted from The Feminist Writers) Characterised by unequal power relations between men and women, patriarchy systematically oppresses those who are, through no fault of their own, born female. Ironically even the male reproductive cell triumphs here. If patriarchy wasn’t bad enough, biologically speaking men fundamentally control sex, albeit unintentionally, making it difficult for society (although … Continue reading Patriarchy and the Problem of Being Born Female by @amymarieaustin

The Abuse of Power in Narrative (aka Game of Thrones and Strong Female Characters) by @elizabethethird

(Cross-Posted from Elizabeth the Third) Representation, not only of particular characters and social groups, but also of events and their significance, seems widely misunderstood, and Game of Thrones is a great example of this. Representation is often considered at surface level only: as what, instead of how.  The Game of Thrones Debate I initially decided … Continue reading The Abuse of Power in Narrative (aka Game of Thrones and Strong Female Characters) by @elizabethethird

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: TV’S SHAME. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. by @grainnemcmahon

(Cross-posted with permission from feimineach) I’ve just finished watching True Detective. I started watching it, twice, but left it both times because of the ways in which violence against women, and women characters, were being portrayed.* In terms of the violence, I could see (I think) that they were trying to offer a disturbing portrayal … Continue reading VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: TV’S SHAME. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. by @grainnemcmahon

Dear “pro-feminist” male partner at Feminist Unknown

(Cross-posted from Feminist Unknown) Dear ‘pro-feminist’ male partner You may have noticed a growing trend for writing blog posts addressed at large, loosely-defined groups of women, with the express intention of explaining to them, in patronising detail, why they are a bit shit. Dear white feminists, dear cis people, that sort of thing (yes, these … Continue reading Dear “pro-feminist” male partner at Feminist Unknown

On Male Entitlement to Women or “Whose Fault is Patriarchy?” by @smashesthep

(cross-posted from Smashthep) originally published 16.01.13   Men as a class believe that they deserve access to women. When women reject men, they get angry. They think are being denied some*thing* that they believe they are owed. Given this context, I’d like to evaluate something I’ve heard said, which is: If women withdrew their energy from men, the … Continue reading On Male Entitlement to Women or “Whose Fault is Patriarchy?” by @smashesthep

Everyday Violence: It’s Not Just Mass Shootings Women Fear by @VABVOX

Everyday Violence: It’s Not Just Mass Shootings Women Fear by Victoria A. Brownworth copyright c 2014 Victoria A. Brownworth Women live in fear. It might not be obvious, palpable, heart-pounding, horror-movie-style fear, but it’s fear, nevertheless. We know what can happen to us. We know one in five of us will be a victim of … Continue reading Everyday Violence: It’s Not Just Mass Shootings Women Fear by @VABVOX

Men Who Commit Domestic Violence Should Not be Allowed Custody or Access of their Children by @LK_Pennington

(Cross-posted with permission from My Elegant Gathering of White Snows) Men who commit domestic violence against their partner, or their children, should not be allowed to have access or custodial rights over those children. Heresy, I know but I do not believe that a man who is violent to their partner can be trusted to be a good father … Continue reading Men Who Commit Domestic Violence Should Not be Allowed Custody or Access of their Children by @LK_Pennington

Deeply Romantic: Hemingway, domestic violence and romance by @LK_Pennington

Cross-posted with permission from My Elegant Gathering of White Snows This month I received one of the free copies of Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife via the Mumsnet Book of the Month Book Club. I’ve enjoyed most of the books I’ve received free copies of with the notable exception of Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cakewhich bored … Continue reading Deeply Romantic: Hemingway, domestic violence and romance by @LK_Pennington